The 5-4 vote approving a controversial pension bill in an Illinois House committee Tuesday night didn’t seem to surprise the standing room-only crowd.But the debate gave labor leaders and lawmakers their first chance in months to toss verbal jabs.The bill would require current state workers, teacher
Right or wrong, there's a perception that Illinois politics is a game played best by a well-connected few. This next story won't improve that image.Some of the state's political insiders make big money by lobbying the politicians they help elect.
There’s no disputing the numbers: Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel had an overwhelming victory in an election that – while not quite as big as had been anticipated – brought a higher percentage of registered voters to the polls than any other municipal campaign since 1995.
The Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives thinks the General Assembly could allow civil unions for gay couples.Democrat Michael Madigan gave his predictions about what might happen during the remainder of the fall veto session. "I just say that based on my conversations with man
Backers of a bill to allow same-sex civil unions in Illinois say they're confident the issue could come up when lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday for their fall veto session.The bill falls short of granting gay couples they same rights as married couples when it comes to issues like federal ta